U.S. Student Exchange Program
AIR directs the ED-LINKS/Pakistan project, which is funded by USAID. The project is working at all levels of Pakistan’s education system to improve teacher education and professional development, student learning and the learning environment, and the capacity of the government to sustain quality education.
The project collaborates with the Ministry of Education and the Aga Khan University to improve in-service teacher training and support. Interventions focus on increasing the capacity of the institutions and individuals responsible for supporting teachers and improving performance through in-service training. ED-LINKS works closely with government teacher training institutions to identify needs and enables the institutions to implement trainings that improve both content knowledge and pedagogical techniques of middle and secondary teachers.
AIR works with teachers and education officials to develop appropriate, quality instructional materials and learning tools. We also work with Ministry of Education officials and education managers to build their skills, improve education policies and decision-making, and strengthen the data systems that inform their decisions.
Through the ED-LINKS project, AIR has:
- Trained nearly 10,000 teachers in standards-driven teaching and learning, low-cost and no-cost teaching materials, content knowledge, and classroom instruction. Approximately 1,000,000 students will benefit from improved teaching in the next five years.
- Trained over 1,000 head teachers in education management and leadership including techniques for supporting fellow teachers and the development of School Development Plans. Trained over 350 resource persons and master trainers who will continue to hold trainings for thousands more of Pakistan’s teachers.
- Developed a standards-based education framework with pacing guides, sample lesson plans, and formative and summative assessments to support teachers in the teaching of Pakistan’s National Curriculum.
- Trained over 500 education administrators and officials in financial management and education planning and management.
- Established an Education Management Information System (EMIS) at the federal and provincial levels to provide timely and accurate education data to policy makers.
- Distributed 2,000 math and science kits to target schools to increase the understanding of, and interest in, these subjects for over 180,000 students.
- Leveraged cost-share funding from several Sindh districts to sustain valued ED-LINKS activities.